For the middle school kiddos, I teach a Digital Citizenship class. In addition to topics about online safety and savvy, I want my students to acquire 21st century learning skills. I ask them to articulate what they like, what they enjoy doing and do it. I want my students to be entrepreneurial, expert and passionate. Julia is a great example of that passionate, productive person. I tell my kiddos to be producers, not spectators. Kids are usually better than grown ups at finding what they like to do and do it. Julia likes what she does. And I like to look at what she makes.
Take a look at Julia’s page to see a good example of an e-portfolio. I like how an ordinary person uses the internet to showcase amazing talent and passion. I hope this series inspires you to contribute to the global community from your own area of expertise
Without further adieu, meet Julia:
How has your work changed you?
I’ve been a perfectionist my whole life and I feel like I spent most of my teenage and young adult years, limiting myself- because I was terrified to fail. When I found my first pieces to refinish and posted them on my blog, I lay in bed that night freaking out that I was going to fail. I remember the first comments I got on them and how they helped me to see that I could create something beautiful and if I failed, I could sand it down and start over. That’s why I love going down to my garage and getting my sander out and transforming something that no one wanted anymore, into a piece that has new life. It reminds me that just because I might not always be perfect, I can always become better.
What inspires you?
EVERYTHING! Seriously, I know it drives my husband crazy when we’re out and I run over to a dumpster and pull a flaking paint chip off because I love the color so much. (Don’t worry, I sanitize my hands. :))
Finding inspiration isn’t about following a trend. I think we often feel that we need to look to others for inspiration. If I sat here and said that I haven’t been greatly influenced by others I’d be lying. But what I’ve learned over the past year is that I have the ability to inspire myself and that when I look too often at others for inspiration, I lose sight of my talents and ability. I really believe that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for having good ideas and then we talk ourselves out of trying them.
We found this desk at a flea market in Utah. I was really intrigued by the inlaid panels on the top, but it was NASTY.
From the 21st Century,